Assuring that each resident has a high quality of life is an extremely high priority for our program. We believe that managing stress and maintaining a healthy life outside of residency improves residents' ability to learn and to care for patients most effectively.
Rochester is a wonderfully livable community. It is a mid-sized city that offers a great range of cultural activities, including an incredible music scene (in part because of the presence of the Eastman School of Music); numerous festivals, including the annual Jazz Festival and the Lilac Festival; a large number of outstanding restaurants; and great public school systems. At the same time, the cost of living is very low (many residents own houses), and traffic and commute times are minimal. It takes literally minutes to go from anywhere in Rochester to one of the beautiful parks in the greater Rochester area or to get outside of town to enjoy an enormous range of outdoor activities in the Finger Lakes region, including skiing, wine tasting, and spectacular hikes (such as along the gorges in Letchworth Park and Watkins Glen). Links with additional information about living in Rochester are to the right.
A common misconception is that the weather in Rochester is bad. In fact, winters are less cold than in many other cities, with an average high temperature in January (the coldest month) of 32 degrees F; sure we get snow, but many residents embrace and celebrate the snow, which offers great skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding options. The spring, summer and fall are all wonderfully enjoyable.
Residency Program Culture
The internal medicine residency programs at the University of Rochester are known for their supportiveness. Residents come together to help each other in and out of work in a culture rooted in support and collegiality rather than competitiveness. Ours is a culture of inclusion where resident wellness and work-life balance are prioritized.